Numb3rs

Season 2 Episode 6

Soft Target

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2005 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • Linear discriminant analysis (LDA), is sometimes referred to as Fisher's linear discriminant (although Fisher's original article The Use of Multiple Measures in Taxonomic Problems (1936) actually describes a slightly different discriminant, which does not make some of the assumptions of LDA such as normally distributed classes or equal class covariances). LDA is typically used as a feature extraction step before classification.

    • The MATH:

      Percolation theory:

      In mathematics, percolation theory describes the behavior of connected clusters in a random graph.

    • The opening scene in the L.A. subway was filmed from midnight to 6 a.m. in the morning.

    • Larry (to Charlie): Do you know anything about phosgene gas?

      Phosgene is a major industrial chemical used to make plastics and pesticides. It was also among the first and most potent chemical weapons used in the first world war, being responsible for the major part of the 85,000 soldiers who died due to chemical warfare in this war.

    • Don and Charlie are supposed to be five years apart. They both graduated from high school in the same year when Don was 18 and Charlie was 13.

    • Opening numbers:
      28350 Chatter intercepts
      15000 Soft targets
      11 Anti-terror exercises
      1 Mistake

    • Charlie's high school yearbook reveals his favorite color is gray, his favorite season is fall, his favorite vegetables are "all geometric-based greens," his favorite person is Galileo, his favorite artist is Tolchuck, and his favorite writer is Washington Irving.

  • Quotes

    • Don: I want to stop something terrible from happening, I don't wanna have to clean up afterwards.

    • Megan: You don't think a bomb is enough of a good motivator?
      Don: What part of his personality says he can take a suggestion?

    • Charlie: And just think how happy Dad would be if one of us married a doctor.
      Don: I think he'd be happy if I married someone with a pulse.
      Charlie: At this point?
      Don: Yeah.

    • Larry: None of this explains why I always get stuck sitting between the great-aunts and the cigar smoking cousins.

    • Don: Oh, see, I'm sorry. I didn't realize the FBI takes orders from Homeland Security.

    • Megan: (to Colby) Emotions aren't rational, Granger. Revenge is just an emotion.

    • Alan: (to Don) That's what he needs, a seminar from the dateless wonder.

    • (After Alan asks Charlie to help with a party he's throwing at Charlie's house)
      Charlie: I'm providing house... you provide labor.

    • Glen Nash: I hate to pee in your cornflakes.

    • Charlie: ...Remembering that brings back other stuff.
      Don: Like what?
      Charlie: Like what it was like to be Don Eppes' 13-year-old braniac brother.
      Don: Aw come on, Charlie, don't start, it wasn't that big of a deal.
      Charlie: Well, for you, but high school sucked for me, Don. I was a little kid, everyone was years older than me. And yeah, there was this one girl who didn't treat me like a little kid. She was nice to me.
      Don: Well, it was no easy trick being your brother either. You know, you're five years younger than me, we were in the same grade... I'm like an idiot next to you. So I'm sorry if I was better than you at something.
      Charlie: Whatever man... You're the one that asked.

    • Houseman: (to Charlie) Agent Eppes! Am I here for a math lecture or a substantive discussion of the problem at hand?

    • Charlie: (to Alan and Don sarcastically) Isn't it nice having a living history of embarrassing moments from my childhood?

    • Megan: Your boss always this reasonable?
      James Grace: To stop the drills now... it's like turning the Titantic.
      Megan: The Titantic hit an iceberg!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jednoduchý cíl (Easy Target)

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: May 25, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: November 3, 2009 on JOJ

    • When Charlie and Larry are trying to pull the car with the remote-control vehicle, the car is seen starting to move in a close-up shot. Then the shot changes to further out and the car is stationary and begins to move a second time.

    • This episode is rated: TVPG-LV.

  • Allusions

    • James Grace: To stop the drills now... it's like turning the Titantic.

      Alluding to the theory that had the Titanic hit the iceberg head on, rather than turning, it would have sustained a great deal less damage, and possibly been able to remain afloat.

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